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Beware of the White Van Speakers Scam

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We have recently received requests from our customers for IR remote control codes for loudspeakers that they described to us as obtained from white van speakers scam. They felt they’ve been scammed for paying overinflated prices for inferior products and want us to spread the news. It appears that the White Van Speakers Scam is a well-known sales tactic employed throughout the world, and if you google the words, you will find many reports. So here is how the audio equipment scam works.

Features of the White Van Speakers Scam:
1. THE VEHICLE. A white van, an SUV, minivan, or commercial vehicle displaying a company logo with 2 or 3 well-dressed uniformed individuals. The vans typically are parked in apartment complexes, colleges, parking lots of renovations or electronics malls. Home Depot, Best Buy…

2. THE STORY. If you are driving a nice car, look affluent, you will be approached by these individuals. They will proceed to tell you a story of how they are employees of an audio retailer or installer and are in possession of some excess inventory speakers as a result of a warehouse error, computer glitsch, or wrong inventory order, and must desperately be rid of these surpluses in a hurry at rock bottom prices.

3. THE DEAL. They will present you with well polished glossy brochures, magazine ads, website, testimonials with highly inflated MSRP retail prices intended to convince you the high retail value of their goods.

4. HIGH PRESSURE SALES TACTICS. They will lead you to believe that you would be a fool to pass up such deals at heavily discounted prices, and if you were a good son, or brother, or friend, you would buy more to give away as presents or simply to pass the deal on.

5. GUILT ON CONCLUSION OF SALES.  Even when the sale is made, they will make you feel guilty for having snatched a good deal, and hint that you may want to give them a tip for doing you a favor.

Here is a list of the brands that belong to the White Van Speakers Scam. Today, they now appear on Craigslist, so beware.

Incidentally, the two white van speakers for which we have added the IR remote codes into our database are the Kirsch speakers and the Theater Logic Speakers.

Lost your Roomba remote control?

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Ah.. the convenience of modern life.  First, vaccuming the floor is such tedious repetitive work, especially when it comes to picking up dog or cat’s hair, or even your own hair, or your daughter’s hair……. Thanks to the ever ready IRobot Roomba, who can tirelessly vaccuum your floor without any complaint.  You do not even have to get off your chair. Using the remote control hardware that came with your roomba, you can send commands to your little robot and tell it what to to do, where to go, how often…..

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Roomba 780 features Dirt Detect™ Series 2 technology which helps the robot perform concentrated cleaning in the dirtiest areas. Roomba 780’s touchpad eliminates buttons and gives you control of the robot at the touch of your fingertips. Room-to-room cleaning tells Roomba to clean one room before moving on to the next. The Full Bin Indicator lets you know when the dust bin is full and needs to be emptied.

Should you ever lost your little remote, you do not need to rush to the store to buy a $29 replacement, Touchsquid GR has recently added IR remote codes for the IRobot Roomba 780. No need to do the vaccuming and no need to even get off your chair……

Grandma Inspiration for Home Theater Room

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Grandmas all around the world would be envious of the home theater room that Randy Brown, a grandson did for his grandmother.  From an article in Electronic House, here is a story of how he converted a second floor 12 x 14 ft bedroom into a theater style room with a $28,000 budget.

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(Photo courtesy of Michael Laurenziano)

The price may seem hefty, but this include gutting the room, carpentry, framing, carpetting, painting and the purchase of equipment.

Main Features for this Home Theater Room
1.  Full size theater style reclining chairs complete with drink holders.  The chairs are plump with padding. Bring your drink and popcorn and enjoy the show.

2.  Aura Bass Shakers installed under the reclining chairs brings sound to life.  Every explosion, gunshot, engine rev can be experienced physically as the bass shakers translate the sounds into vibrations.  With three front speakers, the sounds and the vibrations gives grandma an unforgettable experience. Yes, shake the floor, and shake the chair.  Hey, this is just like bringing the theater to grandma.

3.  Custom Star Mural ceiling complete with black lights installed on the ceiling soffits.

4.  Remote control system to integrate all the home theater devices including control of the lighting system.

As the world is divided into Android and Apple, Samsung fans can use the Touchsquid remote control app on their smartphones or tablets to remotely control the home theater devices and lighting systems.  Just program the device so that all grandma has to do is press a button and turn on and off all devices connected with one activity.  Using the Samsung built-in IR blaster, there is no need for using an external IR blaster.

In many cases, deluxe home theater rooms have devices hidden behind the walls or cabinets.  In such case, Touchsquid universal remote app supports a number of external IR blasters including the Global Cache, Keene or IRTrans.

 

 

Verizon IR remote control codes

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IR remote control codes for Verizon set top box

Touchsquid database library of IR remote control codes are listed according to the manufacturers’ brands.  Sometimes it can be confusing for some consumers when setting up their home theater devices.  The first brand that comes in mind is usually the service provider.  So, we’ve had this phone support call asking why Verizon set top box is not on our database library.

Verizon is a service provider and uses different manufacturers for their cable and satellite boxes.   In general cable and satellite boxes are listed by the manufacturer of the box not the service provider. Depending on your country, there are different service providers.  Verizon, AT &T  and Cox are examples of cable service providers in the USA.

Motorola, Humax, Cisco and Pace are examples of manufacturers of cable and satellite boxes.  There is usually a label on the back of the box with this information.

To find out whether your devices infrared remote codes are in our database library, simply follow this link

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A new look and feel for Touchsquid

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Welcome to the new Touchsquid redesigned website.  We have been so busy working on the programming of our remote control app that we put off the re-design of our website.

We now boast one of the most complete and comprehensive database of infrared codes.  Every day we are adding several sets of new codes as new home theater devices are introduced to the market.  Our loyal fans from all around the world keep us busy with their codes requests and wish lists.

After months of hard work and late night,  Touchsquid S is almost complete.  Our challenge is to make our app easier, more intuitive and user friendly.   There is plenty of testing, planning and mapping.

Here are the upcoming features for Touchsquid S.

– pop up buttons.  Grouping buttons by functions let us fit more buttons on the screen.

– streamlined activity set-up.

– In app help.  Quick access to FAQ via the HELP button.

– SquidSYNC of a chosen activity.  Allows the use of 2 or more Touchsquid remote app in the same room.

– Easy switching between room profiles.

– Ability to switch room profiles within an activity.

– List of recently accessed profiles.

– Support for over 40 languages

– and many more tiny little bonuses.